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N.C.'s new cyber chief wants to 'empower'

The North Carolina Department of Information Technology on Friday announced that Rob Main, a longtime state IT official, will serve as chief risk officer, the state’s top cybersecurity job. In an interview with StateScoop, Main said he wants to address the state’s cybersecurity needs by “empowering” his team members and the agencies and local governments with which his office works. “Empowered people are the best people to work with,” he said. “As I progressed in my personal career, I’m always mindful of where the work is done.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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That's a lot of wayward checks

In its rush to meet heightened demand for unemployment insurance during the pandemic, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services filled $477 million in fraudulent claims and $3.3 billion in overpayments, State Auditor Keith Faber said last week. The wrongfully issued payments went out to more than 141,000 dead people, as well as more than 85,000 incarcerated people. Colin Wood has details.

Election equipment goes missing, cops arrive

The Michigan State Police launched a criminal investigation last week after a piece of election equipment went missing. The inquiry came after Stephanie Scott, the clerk of Adams Township, publicly questioned the validity and security of the 2020 election, and refused to allow a company vendor to run maintenance on the machine. Scott has been stripped of her election administration authority, but she's the latest in a growing string of election officials embracing and trying to act upon conspiracy theories. CyberScoop's AJ Vicens has more.

Cybersecurity, next-generation 911 boosted in Biden spending plan

The 1,700-page, $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act the Biden administration is hoping Congress passes this week would make additional investments in advanced emergency-communications technology and state and local cyber efforts. It includes $470 million for next-generation 911 and $80 million for DHS grants to assist state and local governments with cybersecurity recruitment and training. Ben has more.

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